Monday, September 19, 2016


In the rain. Along the Shanghai Bund facing Pudong.

Our appointed Shanghai drivers who picked us up from the airport had a miscommunication among themselves and initially delivered us to the wrong address where the hotel was shuttered and abandoned. WTF. We've had enough curveballs okay. They did get it right in the end.

Our hotel in Shanghai is lovely, spacious and comfortable, but it's all the way out at the free trade zone at Waigaoqiao (外高桥保税区). Seriously the boondocks man. Never mind that it's one hour each way to and fro town, but the area itself doesn't have anything much by way of half-decent restaurants for half-decent non-MSG-laden meals. There isn't even a McD's in sight. The nearest Starbucks closes at 5pm. Zzzzzz. It was storming like crazy. The rain wouldn't stop. However, a day out and about town, and tummies to be fed with good food was sorely needed. Cabs and Uber-cars (now it's really Didi Chuxing 滴滴出行) were still plying the roads, so we pulled on raincoats, hopped into an Uber-XL seven-seater and went to the city.

Took the tourists to eat soup dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao (佳家汤包). Must eat good dumplings in Shanghai lah. There were only two choices left this late afternoon, which happened to be my favorites. Hurhurhur. Hopefully no one is too allergic to crab. The two choices of dumplings were crab with pork, and with pure crab meat (蟹粉鲜肉和纯蟹粉汤包). Bits of roe included. I think the tang bao definitely hit a spot with everyone's tummies. Yummy.

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